“I always loved dogs but because of the business of life I felt it would be an intrusion on how I lived.
Both of my daughters have dogs and I love them.
Then one day my wife and I were at an event at ARF (Animal Rescue Fund) and fell in love with a Beagle who stared at us lovingly.
After taking her for a walk, we went into the ARF office for the mandatory interview. Nellie jumped on my lap while we were waiting for our interview and I literally started to cry.
Three years later, when I come home from the office, Nellie kisses me in a way that could substitute for a shower.
My work with very ill and older clients who have dementia is extremely stressful. I deal with sad and sometimes tragic cases.
The unlimited love, affection and attention that I receive from Nellie chases away the depression.
Nellie’s welcoming everyday when I come home as a continuum is so satisfying. She is an alternative to antidepressant drugs; she is my uptake inhibitor.”